Category Archives: Writing

ADVANCED LEVEL: Writing stories/Video

Watch the following video and do the writing task at the bottom of the post. After the video, read the information about narative tenses, connectors and adverbials.

 

 

Narative tenses:

http://web.educastur.princast.es/eoi/eoimiere/myweb/grammar/NarrativeTenses.pdf

Connectors:

http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/dl/free/0073385719/682159/SampleCh22.pdf

http://writingeoi.blogspot.com.es/p/blog-page.html

Adverbial expressions in naration:

 

Writing task for my EOI students: Avanzado 1 EOI Santander

Watch the video and write the story in 175 words.

Tips:

  • Organise your ideas properly, use a mind map or a time line.
  • Make use of narrative connectors.
  • Make good use of narative tenses.
  • Enlighten your narration with proper adverbs, and adverbial expressions.

EFL Web Explorer: Language Games

Traditional hangman games to practice vocabulary. Good site to be used on line with an interactive board:

http://www.languagegames.org/hangman/english/body

EFL WEB EXPLORER: Primary and kindergarten

Interactive learning for children
http://www.abcmouse.com/

EFL WEB EXPLORER: Writing Fun

An interactive writing help site that includes downloads to save for off-line use.
http://www.writingfun.com/

“CALL” IN THE CLASS: Writing blogs

This is the writing blog I have started for my students at BASICO2 at the EOI. They send me their tasks via the blog. We have a look at them in class. We suggest which points are worth considering in every letter. They check in groups for possible mistakes and correct them. We do a class correction and do some revision on writing rules (punctuation, spelling, for, etc.)

It’s good practice and they seem to get very responsible at sending their tasks on time.

EFL Web Explorer: comprehensive sites

English Study Direct is a site written by academic professionals with he following specific aims:

  • to promote quality online English courses that offer personal tuition
  • to provide an organised database of links to quality learning resources for students
  • to provide a database of links to quality web resources for teachers and researchers
  • to provide a database for consultancy services in academic English online to promote quality online English courses that offer personal tuition

It includes a useful Language Tests section where you can find Free Practice Exercises for students.

In this section you can do practice on:

a) Listening & Speaking

b) Reading & Vocabulary

c) Writing & Study Skills

d) Grammar

e) English Language Exercises and Activities – mixed

f) Test Practice – IELTS, TOEFL, CAEL, Cambridge

SOCIAL BOOKMARKING IN PLAIN ENGLISH

         Social bookmarking is used by thousands of people to cooperate on project exchanges.

         If you are interested in learning how to use social bookmarking at the EFL class, we suggest you reading Godwin’s article in Language Learning and Technology.

         In order to get a general overview of what it is all about, you can also see the following presentation released by Commoncrafts in August last year. Like all their presentations it is easy to follow and understand by intermediate students.

         If your students’ level is not high enough to follow the presentation, you can get it subtitled in different languages through dotSUB (translations) . I hope you enjoy the video!

 

 

SOME TEACHING IDEAS

I have been surfing the web…as usual. That’s where most of my teaching ideas come from today.

I came across a  blog written by a University teacher, Mindy Mc Adams, on Teaching On line Journalism. Her last post, Journalism students’ blogging assignment is really inspiring for the EFL class. She has prepared an assignment for her students which involve 12 weeks’ writing practice. Some ideas that I will follow next year for my Web 2.0. course addressed to intermediate-adavanced students. It is worth reading the comments other colleagues left in order to arrange the task and mark it.

BLOGS BY WEBHEADS

I asked at the Webheads in Action for some language exchange blogs that we could use as an example for Networked-based language practice. Here are a few answers I received.

Greetings from Japan.
There are some podcasts with student-generated content at
Japancasting, by Steve McCarty
http://stevemc.blogmatrix.com
Let me know if you have any difficulty,
Steve

Hello
I have been a Bawer sice 2006 but I have never participated in this
group, since I have been very busy preparing my doctoral dissertation
for the last two years.
I am preparing a course for adult students focused on the Web 2.0. and
another one for teachers at secondary school. Both groups will be
totally newbies and I would like to show them good examples of class
blogging and podcasting.
I know there will be a good assortment of all kind of blog and podcast
practice in the group.
Can I make a list? I will post it on my blog
http://angelesherna ndez.wordpress. com/
Thank-you
Ángeles

Hi Angeles,
Congratulations!
Here is my class blog in 2007:
Hope it will be of help!
Regards from Sudan
Hala

Hi Ángeles,

here are the blogs I have had with students:

I hope this helps!

Kindest regards from Brazil,

Ronaldo
http://ihopeitworks.blogspot.com

TRANSLITERATIONS

I have just come accross this site with a few sets of transliterations for elementary students practice.

There are  at least 40 word categories ranging from alphabet to weather in alphabetical order.

http://www.learn-english.co.il/